Lizzy Tuck, is mentored by Rob Steer, senior designer at Silk Pearce.
Lizzy, a recent graduate from NUCA, has spent three weeks in the Silk Pearce design studio gaining some valuable work experience, sharing her homemade cupcakes and occasionally making a great cuppa!
We asked Lizzy a few questions about her decision to pursue a career in graphic design and what she has learnt from her experience at Silk Pearce.
Why did you choose to follow a career in graphic design?
“I’ve always enjoyed art and being creative so graphic design was the next level in fulfilling my creative drive. I have always particularly admired typography, whether it is in a magazine or on a shop front. And I love how advertising can really affect people’s way of thinking. Sometimes I can go into a shop and get carried away looking at the packaging, thinking about how it has been created, the materials used and the printing technique.”
What have you been working on during your placement?
“I’ve designed a poster for a Celebration of Schools’ Music for Aldeburgh Music, photoshopped images for Ova magazine produced by JD Healthcare, artworked some product labels for healthcare company Tristel, researched photographs for a stamp project for the Royal Mail and designed a Christmas card for Silk Pearce.”
What have you learnt during your time at Silk Pearce?
“My brain has been filled with so many useful tips everyday. I’ve had some real help with using the Adobe Suite that I have struggled with in the past. I’ve also come to appreciate the importance of all those finishing touches that play a big part in an overall design, especially when it comes to the typography. Arranging lots of type on a small label is quite a challenge, but it’s not impossible!”
Has the atmosphere in the design studio been different to college?
“It has been different but definitely not in a bad way – it is much more professional but at the same time quite calm and welcoming. Everyone is so friendly to each other and so respectful. It’s a great atmosphere!”
What has it been like to work at Silk Pearce?
“Everyday has been different and with such a diverse range of clients, there’s lots of variety in the projects. Silk Pearce has made me realise how much I would love to have a job in design as it stimulates my mind. It’s such a great feeling when you have finished a project and the client approves it.”
What will you take away with you?
“I have gained so much experience and guidance with my technique that will help me with my future career. Meeting lovely new people and exploring a new town has boosted my confidence and prepared me for working life after graduation!”